The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has denied the request of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to allow them to host the Afghanistan Premier League in India. The BCCI’s response came as a surprise knowing it has contributed immensely to the growth of Afghanistan cricket.
ACB has two home ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun and host all their home matches there. The ACB officials had conveyed their request to the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim during their meeting in Mumbai on May 16.
A BCCI official said it would be inappropriate to allow them to host APL here, given that India has its own league. “The ACB did request us to host its league in India but it would not be appropriate considering we have our own league (the IPL),” a BCCI official said.
The inaugural edition of the APL was played in Sharjah during the month of October, last year. Five teams participated in the event which attracted big names like Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, and Shahid Afridi among others. Balkh Legend, captained by Mohammed Nabi, won the first APL title.